Apple iPhone 5 reportedly kills Chinese woman

Apple iPhone 5 reportedly kills Chinese woman
According to a story reported by two publications in China, 23 year old Ma Ai Lun died when she answered a call on her Apple iPhone 5 while it was recharging. Details are sketchy and some of the information loses meaning in translation, but it appears that news of the death was originally reported on "Ueybo" which is China's equivalent of Twitter. Ms. Ai Lun was a flight attendant on China Southern Airlines and was supposed to get married on August 8th.

 Forensic investigation has confirmed that the deceased had been electrocuted, which was listed as the official cause of death. Police in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region confirmed the incident. The victim's sister warns other users of the Apple iPhone 5 not to use the device while it is charging.

We have a call into Apple for the company's reaction, which we will pass along as soon as we hear from the tech titan. The incident allegedly took place on July 11th. 

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: ChinaNavis (translated) via BTVNews (translated)

UPDATE: According to a published report on Monday, Apple sent a statement to the Xinhua News agency that it was "deeply sorry for the unfortunate accident" and will investigate the circumstances of Ma Ai Lun's death.

source: XinhuaNews via TheRegister

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1. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Such a beautiful young woman killed too early :( this could theoretically happen with any electronic device so please don't turn this into a bashing fest, you all are better than that. Prayers for her family and fiancé.

41. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Exactly, too many people were bashing Samsung when those 2 people's battery exploded. I've read articles about the S3, Note II, iPhone 5 and 4S and HTC One X battery exploding, I'm sure there's several more I haven't read. Millions of phones are sold, there are unfortunately a hand fill of faulty phones. This is a problem for all companies. But I haven't read any of any 2013 phones with these problems, I hope it stays that way :)

44. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Hopefully the s5 will be free of this problem as well when my upgrade is ready :-)

66. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

copysung batteries exploded when they are idle, it's been strictly instructed no to answer the call while it's charging ....

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 SN, too bad some people have nothing better to do.

2. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

another reason for not buying iphone

4. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Don't turn that into this. A woman dies and all you can think of is bashing. This could happen with any faulty phone, tablet, or handheld electronic device. If it were HTC or Samsung, what would you say?

25. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Her surroundings could be a factor to the voltage

86. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

yes,maybe a high voltage current? and sorry if i may be wrong,with the iphone being made completely out of aluminium wouldn't it be a good conducter of electricity? :| although a young woman like this didn't deserve to die.can't imagine the heartache her fiance might be going through.

3. stealthd unregistered

I wonder if this was an actual iPhone 5 or a knockoff.

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

it can be both , even a real iPhone can cause a lot of injury and even death in this case , there have been a few emergency landings of aircraft after iphones blew their backplates off during mid flight

75. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Yes, or it could be that her battery or charger is a knockoff.

5. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Iphone is going to kill you guys, stop the *Ikill*

6. AsisHaas

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I get electrocuted when charging my iPhone 4 , Can't believe it happen to others. Anyone know why is this happen? always happen when iphone get charged.

7. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Faulty phone perhaps. I had a LG Rumor that would occasionally zap me, sent it to sprint and they found faulty wiring.

9. AsisHaas

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I use a bumper to avoid from electrocuted . So it safe now to hold my iphone while it was charging. it's very dangerous. I scared to touch aluminium when charging. HAHA

49. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"i scared to touch aluminium when charging" make sense. Please use a cover. I have cover on my iPad since day one so i never experience it.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why do people take calls while charging? Do they have no sense at all?

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

sum ting wong

32. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

oh, that's just wong'!!!

12. ilia1986 unregistered

Apple: You're holding it wrong. Again.

33. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Actually, the owner was charging it wrong. Yet another reason to get a case for the phone - one more layer of insulation between you and the phone.

13. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is sad first that GS3 incident and now this may her soul REST IN PEACE

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

looks like the 2013 solar flares are really cooking up some smartphones

15. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Beautiful young lady. Such a shame, if true. Hope its not. And yes, this can happen with any device while plugged in. So don't be a-holes and turn this into an Apple thing.

20. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

My first thought was there was no ground fault interruption in the circuit or it was there and failed. Not sure of China's laws concerning power circuits but if there was a working one installed, should have gone a long way in keeping her alive.

22. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Yup, believe everything that you read on the internet! Now please excuse me while I confer with the alien mothership that accidently remotely activated the "electrocute" function on the poor girl's phone...

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very unfortunate event Ted. Tragedy bothers me, no matter how big or small the scale. I lost my older sister in 2009 to an "out of the blue" tragedy, man I know how her family must feel. It hurt me to no end, and still does.

18. plerdplern

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

What a pity!

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple always socks..

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